Top Ten Gifts for Comic Book Fanatics

Welcome to my next Holiday Gift guide post!

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So I love Marvel Comics! I love Hulk, Loki, Ghost Rider, Nightcrawler, Gambit and so many others! I get simply giddy when I  search for new comic book items to add to my collection. Comic Con is my favorite family vacation. No, I’m not weird, I’m geeky. I went to seven Comic Cons this last year and spoke at all of them. I had so much fun! This last year we cosplayed as DC and this next year we will do DC and Star Wars again. And luckily for those who can’t go to Comic Cons to get the cool stuff, there are a ton of great comic book items you can get straight from the web.

So here’s my favorite 10 top gifts for the Comic Book Fans!

10. Groot Glow and Grow – Okay so technically I think this should be the number one gift because I am absolutely in LOVE with Guardian’s of the Galaxy and more precisely, Groot! So this is the gift everyone should get and give and just flat out have in every room of the house to bring happiness and joy :) This is so cute. Not only does it glow in the dark but it also is a plant you can grow the grass and vines. Super cute!

9. Marvel Coasters – One of the best things about the marvel movies is the food and drink. Guardians, Avengers, Ironman. Shwarma and Grog! So now when you’re getting ready for your favorite super heroes to come over you can save your table with these awesome coasters.

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8. Batman Diaper Bag – So it’s no surprise that I love Marvel, but there are plenty of great DC products too! I especially love their logos. So for all the new dads in your life who are busy taking care of their little ones but still want to be cool, here’s the ideal gift. A Batman Diaper Bag. And even better, name your son Gotham and in the middle of the night your wife can roll over and whisper, “Wake up! Gotham needs you.” Then you can don your Batman Diaper Bag and go to work :)

 

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7. Harley Quinn – And who would Batman be, without the a villain? And Harley Quinn has turned out to be one of the new favorites among both men and women. My daughter went as Harley Quinn Arkham Nights when we cosplayed as DC this year. Harley Quinn Suicide Squad has become quite the popular girl this year though. This would be a super cute outfit though to wear to bed!

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6. Ties for Dad – Now, I don’t know about you but my husband is a businessman, but he still likes to add a bit of personality to his outfits. So I’ve taken to getting him subtle but awesome geeky ties. Star Wars, Batman and more. And Think Geek has some great ones right now for any business professional geek in your life.

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5. Comic Shoes – The only thing better than a Comic Book Purse is a Comic Book set of heels! And these ladies have a TON of different heels and sneakers in there stores. I could seriously spend every penny in my bank account on Etsy!

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4. Masterworks – So, what are Masterworks? Well, I’m glad you asked! They are paperbacks made with all the original comic books in them. There are several volumes per hero and I’ve bought most of them. I love these! They were how my daughter learned to read and learned to love comic books. They are great for beginners who are wanting to learn about Comics and they are interested in origin stories. Totally worth the money, especially if you don’t have thousands of dollars to buy the original ones.

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3. Purses – Anyone who knows me knows I have become a shoe and purse girl since finding all kinds of cool Marvel and Star Wars stuff! And these are no exception! I love these and so will the geeky lady in your life! These are so cool I won’t even hold it against you if you buy the Ironman one. TEAM CAP! Sorry…

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2. Backpacks – And the number one thing to get this year for your comic book loving Super Hero? A backpack! I have R2D2 and BB8 but I need to get a Marvel one! Here are some great ones to choose from! I love the Spiderman one!!

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1.Red Chapter T-Shirts – Okay, I have to preface this my telling you The Red Chapter guys are friends of mine. I love them! I met them at San Diego Comic Con where I bought 6 of their shirts and then again and again over this last year at all the cons I went to. They are totally cool guys and their shirts are incredible! If you are looking for uniquely awesome shirts, check these guys out. Hulk, Avengers, Captian America, Deadpool, Spiderman, Dr. Strange, Punisher – you name it. They are the coolest around. (I did not get paid to say any of that BTW)

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And last but not least! The Best Ugly Comic Book Sweater of the year!

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Top Ten Gifts for Star Wars Fans

It’s Geek Out Gift Day!

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Well! It’s here! The Holiday Season. Full of shopping and buying and spending and giving. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah (or both in my family) or something else, chances are that you are going to need to BUY something for someone. So over the next few weeks I am going to list my top ten gifts for specific fans! This week my spotlight is Star Wars Fans!

You know Star Wars fans right? The fans who love Han Solo. Who spend hours tirelessly building their Millennium Falcon Lego set, (Which my son wants this year) only to glue it together so they can stare at it! Those of us who dress up in Jedi outfits for fun and walk around wearing our R2D2 backpacks? Yup! Die hard fans.

I’m not one of those… cough…cough… My daughter asked me yesterday in the store, “Mom, why does everyone think your R2D2 backpack is mine or Christian’s?” Haha. Because we don’t see enough geeky moms out there!

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Okay so maybe I am! This was my family and myself at Comic Con last year. We were all Jedi and happened to meet up with a couple of great Sith. This next year I’ve upped out Star Wars Cosplay, we will be Amazing! But I digress!

So what do you get fans like that? With the new Star Wars right around the corner you can now find Star Wars presents Everywhere! Target, Walmart, Hot topic, Sears, you name it! And here are some fun ideas to get you started.

10. For the little girl in your life who love R2D2 and BB8? (I have one in my house!) These Are the Droids you’re looking for!  :) Seriously, these are adorable. And I got mine at Toys R Us where they were buy 1 get on 30% off! My R2D2 is about 18 inches tall and remote controlled like BB8! This BB8 is bigger than the one from last year!

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9. Now, let’s be honest, any little boy would want just about Star Wars anything! Or big boys too! I just bought one of these for myself and one for my hubby for Christmas. Part of “upping” my Star Wars Cosplay game! So if you want a lightsaber as close as you can get to real, UltraSabers is the place to go! They light up, they have flash on clash, they have sounds, and they are Ultra Realistic looking! You can choose from so many colors and hilts!! I am so excited!

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8. And for every little kid there is a big kid who needs some Star Wars stuff. You know, the guys who actually remember a Star Wars universe Without Jar Jar! For them, I give you, The Ice Cube Trays! Now, I would use these for ice, jello, chocolate and just about any other food item I could think to shove in there! I mean, who doesn’t want to eat a Millennium Falcon Brownie? Or watch the Death Star melt in a drink like Han had in the Cantina? Oh yeah, there’s also a bunch of other cool ones too!

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7. My family loves popcorn! I mean, LOVES it! My husband brought the tradition into our marriage. And I don’t mean that gross chemical-laden microwave junk, YUCK! I mean Air popped popcorn! So what is cooler than popcorn, popped by the death star as you watch Star Wars?

6. Now when I saw this next one I thought there couldn’t be anything cooler! I mean seriously, this one is ingenious! An X-wing Knife Block! That is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen!

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5. And how about out the tea lover out there or coffee lover? This would be right up my alley as I drink tea every day! And I am a HUGE R2D2 fan! Now I will warn you, the coffee/tea press is on pre-order until January, but it would SOOOOO be worth the wait!

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4. Now! I can tell you, as a woman it is super hard to find cool Star Wars clothing for women. Really hard! Everything is so generic! But HerUniverse.com has done an amazing job with geek fashion for women. I was honored to go to their fashion show at San Diego Comic Con. It was so cool! Right now their site is down but you can get some awesome stuff on Hottopic.com for women! Like the Kylo Ren dress and BB8 dress!

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3. Everyone one travels. And when you travel you spend half an hour or more searching through bags to see which of the two hundred black roll on bags are yours. Well, No more! Stand out with Star Wars!

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2. So what about Mom? The ultimate Star Wars Fan? Well, I AM a Mom and the Ultimate Star Wars Fan, so I had to think about this a little. What would I really want? There is so much out there! Then I came across the most AMAZING Christmas gift EVER for Star Wars!

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1. After those lawn ornaments I totally thought I was done. That I’d seen it all and there was nothing else I could possibly add to my list. Until I saw it. The New Phenomenon that has me scratching my head and trying to figure out what the heck has happened to our country. Yes, I am talking about, the dread Ugly Christmas Sweater! So here ya go! For those Star Wars fans who just have EVERYTHING else.

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So there are my top 10 picks for Christmas gifts this year for Star Wars fans! What do you think? Did you find anything cooler for Christmas? There is so much out there right now for Star Wars fans that it is mind boggling! I just want it all. But to be totally honest the thing every real Star Wars fan wants for Christmas is tickets to the new movie and for it to be TOTALLY AMAZING!

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Nightmare Before Christmas – Best Halloween Movie Ever!

Today is the day!! The one I look forward to all year long! Halloween!!! So Today I talk about my favorite movie of all time!

Okay, I know Nightmare Before Christmas is both a Christmas and a Halloween, but it is my favoritest movie! I love it! I have a dozen Jack hats, and even more Jack shirts. My favorite PJ’s are Jack and my favorite Mug is Jack and my favorite Pen, is Jack. Jack, Jack, Jack!

So, I think Nightmare Before Christmas was the first time the name Tim Burton really stuck in my mind. I saw the movie while in college and I loved it. I have always been drawn to dark and creepy things, and this movie embodied that for me. From the mostly black and white setting to the exaggerated features of every character, I loved it. And it didn’t hurt that it took Halloween and mixed it with the other holidays as well.

Danny Elfman’s music is haunting and beautiful and his singing is both soulful and sexy.  Jack’s ballad at the end is one of my favorite songs ever.

So for those of you who haven’t see Nightmare Before Christmas, do it! You can watch it for free on Netflix instant streaming, or you can get it here:

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Best Odd Monster Movies

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Howdy Halloween Junkies! So today I want to talk about those Halloween Monster Movies that don’t really fit into any of my other categories. The ones that I loved and were a bit scary, but were only able to fit in the Paranormal Category for horror movies.

The first is  a monster movie that I loved beyond loved. I think I saw this movie in the theater more than any movie I’ve ever seen in the theater. No joke. I think I saw it 9 times. Why? Because it had Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branaugh, and Helena Bonham Carter. Yes, it’s the 1990’s Frankenstein. The movie was amazing! All of the actors that were attached to it were incredible. The visuals were awesome as was the storyline. I fell in love with the whole thing! I can’t say enough how much I loved this movie.

Next, isn’t really a movie that you might consider a monster movie, but I did, Sweeney Todd. You may have heard me talk about this movie in my blog post about writing villains. But I think the Tim Burton Sweeney Todd was a masterpiece. It was so artfully done. Johnny Depp gives one of the best performances of his career in that movie. He is so sympathetic that you want him to kill people! It’s amazing. He’s a monster, but you root for him anyway. Really well done. And quite gory as well.

Another monster movie I really enjoyed was Tales from the Dark Side. Yes, it was campy. Yes, it’s from the 80’s, but it was still scary fun. And Debbie Harry was awesome in it as the witch who wants to eat the little boy. There’s a lot of nostalgia in movies like that. Reminds me of when I was young.

Misery is another great horror movie. Yes, I know, it’s another one from Stephen King, but seriously, it started the stalker/ craziest fan phenomenon! I mean, she kidnaps the author and won’t let him go! And that’s the least of what she does to him. If you want to see a movie that is fraught with tension and keeps you on the edge of your seat, Misery is the movie for you!

So what kind of monsters do you like most? I have to admit, I’m not a horror movie person, but there are a bunch of movies that I don’t consider horror that I have loved.

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Ghost Movies

We are getting down to our last few posts for our 21 Days of Halloween Countdown and today we going to talk about great ghost movies. No, not Ghost the live story, but actual scary ghost stories. I think these have become the most popular paranormal movies of our time. I mean, how many Paranormal Activity movies have there been now? Those aren’t on my list. But here are some great ghost movies!

Who wasn’t thoroughly creeped out and totally mind blown by Sixth Sense? That was one of the best ghost movies ever done! A boy that sees dead people? Going to a shrink to help him with his problem. That is an awesome plot. Especially with the twist at the end. So if you want to see a great ghost movie, this is it.

Next we have a ghost movie by one of the masters of Horror, and this one is super scary. The Shining. Jack Nicholson has never been crazier. And Shelly Duvall has never been more pathetic. In a good way. Take a haunted hotel, mix in a snow storm and the mind blowing madness of a writer trying to finish a book, and you are in for a real treat.

Ghostbusters. Iconic silly ghost movie that is lots of fun. And I don’t just mean the original either. The new one is just as much fun. The new one has gotten a lot of flack but I laughed so hard I cried at the new one. My kids loved it and so did a lot of my friends. They both are seriously funny movies. As long as you don’t try to compare them to each other, you’ll be fine.

Another ghost movie I loved as a kid but scared the crap out of me was Poltergeist. That clown doll was the first time I truly started getting the clown creepies. I am not a clown person. The movie was great all on its own and I was sad they tried to do a remake, though the remake didn’t do well. Poltergeist is the epitome of 80’s horror movies. It was creepy. It was endearing. It was awesome.

Beetlejuice was one of Tim Burton’s first movies and still one of his 3 best movies of all time. Michael Keeton was plain great in that movie. Gina Davis was fun and lively as ever and I even like Alec Baldwin for once. All in all, I really thought Beetlejuice was a fun ghost movie. Ghosts having to call in worse ghosts to get people out of their house? What could be better? And with all the Tim Burton flair, who in their right mind wouldn’t love it?

Now one movie that I don’t think did well, but I found super creepy was The Skeleton Key. It wasn’t an amazing movie but the premise that until you actually believe in ghosts they can’t take over your body, was certainly a new one for me. The whole movie is about trying to get a girl to believe in ghosts. It was a great twist. It really stuck with me.

House on Haunted Hill was scary and bloody and had an insane asylum. There are few places I find scarier than insane asylums. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because once you’re in there, there’s no getting out and doctors can basically use you as guinea pigs for whatever they want. And even if your family wants you out the doctors can refuse to release you. Yeah, that freaks me out. So this movie was especially scary to me. Doctors who experiment on people. Is there anything more terrifying? Maybe clowns that experiment on people. That would be worse!

So, do you like ghost movies? Or ghost stories? What is your favorite ghost movie? Tell me!

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Halloween TV Shows!

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Hello Again! It’s me! So for today’s 21 Days of Halloween Countdown I wanted to mention some great TV shows that you can either start watching, or catch up on, or continue watching to get in the Halloween Spirit.

In recent years there have been a ton of new awesome Paranormal TV shows that have come out. You can literally find just about anything between network tv, cable, Netflix and Amazon. Here are a few that are guaranteed to scare you or entertain you or both!

The Number One best Halloween style TV show to watch, and one of my person favorites, Supernatural. This show has just about everything in it! If there is a paranormal creature out there, they’ve had it on the show. If it hasn’t been on the show – It doesn’t exist. The show creators continue to come up with awesome ideas every week. And Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki have some of the best brotherly chemistry you will ever find on tv.

Next, The Walking Dead. Zombies have never been so popular as they have been in this show. It has been one of the highest grossing shows in the last five year. I am constantly surprised by people who are so addicted to it. It really is a great show with an awesome ensemble cast that is constantly changing. Because, well, it’s the zombie apocalypse, people die.

An oldie, but one of the best shows around is still Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If you haven’t seen Buffy you haven’t seen Joss Whedon at his earliest and some of his best! This show has it all. Teen angst. Vampires, werewolves, demons, witches, zombies, Vampire Slayers, more sexy vampires, you name it. This show is tons of fun and is still a cult classic and well worth watching over and over.

Haven is like a mix of Supernatural and Eureka. There are tons of supernatural beings with lots of different powers but they all live in the same town and there is one Super Supernatural cop who is trying to solve all the problems. But she’s stuck right in the middle with her own mystery. It’s pretty cool. And again, there are some hot guys.

Now, I liked the first few seasons of Vampire Diaries, but I got a bit bored with it when Eliana turned into a vampire. However, Originals is a whole thousand times better! I REALLY love The Originals. Elijah is the sexiest vampire out there. Seriously he’s hot! And Klaus is just my kind of crazy. Jackson is a man I could learn to love with his strong kindness. And all together, along with Rebecca and the other Michaelsons, even dear old dad, I think the family is fascinating. And very well done.

The biggie, that has also become somewhat of a cult classic is American Horror Story. These guys know how to scare people! Every season is different. Mostly the same cast but all new characters and stories. In recent seasons we are seeing how they all tie together. So we are now in our sixth season and I have seen the first five. I can honestly say that season one Murder House, was my favorite. It’s about a haunted house. Coven was my next favorite season, about witches. And HOLY CRAP Kathy Bates character in that season is the sickest person I’ve ever seen! Asylum was okay. There was a lot of things that had me scratching my head. Freakshow was a season I wanted to love so badly! But due to the second have of the season being about someone other than the freaks, I found myself only continuing to watch to find out who didn’t die in the end. Hotel was… not my cup of tea. This last season had a lot of things that were just boring to me. I got tired of seeing Lady Gaga in bed covered in blood almost naked except for pasties and underwear. I did however, like the twist they threw in the middle. And Mathew Bomer was great. All in all, if you want to be scared, American Horror Story is a great series to watch.

Lastly, The Amazon Series Hemlock Grove is a good one is you are looking for a crazy brain twist of a show. Famke Janssen and Bill Skarsgård are insanely good! The twists in the show are creepy and wild and will have you asking, what the heck?? And the werewolf shifting scene in season one is the grossest thing I’ve ever seen in my life! So if you want a great show, this is it.

So there ya go! Some great TV shows to get you in the mood for Halloween. Have you seen these? Do you like them? Do you have other shows you like better? Let me know so I can see them too!

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Monster Mash Up Movies

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Welcome back! This has been the most fun 21 Day Countdown ever!! Not only have we gotten to visit some awesome books, but also some goodies and decorations and movies as well! And today we are talking about Monster Movies. You know, the movies where they take more than one monster and compile them all together to bring a mash up of monsters into one big film. Yup! Today is Monster Mash Movie day!

Now there haven’t been a lot of these, and there haven’t been many good ones of these, but there are a few worth mentioning and watching, if for nothing else, for fun :)

Saturday the 14th – This is a goofy 80’s movie that you can only get on DVD from Amazon but if you like silly 80’s movies, this is one that you should check out. Now I’ll admit I’m a wuss. And as a kid I was even more so. So, even though I’ve watched the movie over 2 dozen times, it still scared me. But, hey, it’s a fun monster mash movie with the bag costumes and dialogue the 80’s produced. So it’s worth it.

Another great and goofy 80’s movie is Monster Squad. This movie too has fun with bad dialogue and campy horror but it’s a cult classic and worth a watch. I did hear they were doing a remake of it, that would be cool to see. So if you want another family friendly monster mash movie, check out Monster Squad.

Now if you’re looking for something a little darker and a bit more up to date – Meaning from the 90’s – There’s the movie Nightbreed. This movie was only scary because of the scarecrow. I do NOT do scarecrows or clowns! But this was one of the first paranormal type movies I ever saw and I was fascinated by it. There are all different kinds of strange paranormal creatures. Though the porcupine lady is one of my favorites.

So that brings us to the 2000’s and one movie I loved, and one I liked. Van Helsing is the one I liked. The movie had a few things that I thought were cool. I liked Frankenstein’s monster. And I thought the brides of Dracula were pretty wicked as well. The graphics on the werewolves were decent. And the twist at the end was great. I liked the fight scenes as well.

Next is one that I loved. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. This movie didn’t do well in the theaters but I really enjoyed it. Much better than the graphic novel. This was the first real not goofy movie I’d ever seen that had fictional characters in it. Mina from Dracula, Dorian Gray, Dr. Jekkyl, Alan Quartermaine, Invisible man, Tom Sawyer, Captain Nemo. Plus, a total bonus was all the great Steampunk elements. I LOVED all of Nemo’s steampunk items. So cool!

So tell me? Do you like monster mash up movies? What’s been your favorite one? Or what would you like to see done?

 

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Fiction Friday!

Welcome back for another 21 Days of Halloween Fiction Friday! Today I have three more books for you to devour this Halloween season! The first in the first book I ever published, Dead Awakenings. It is a book that is very dear to my heart and the one that I’ve had more people fall in love with than any other!

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Being dead can be a great way to find yourself…

Struggling to pay her bills in New York, theater student Evaine Michaels sees an opportunity to make money by taking part in an unsanctioned clinical trial for a new drug. But things don’t go as planned. She wakes up in a derelict hospital, chained to a bed with no memory of who she is or how she got there. Then a band of pale-skinned men, led by the gorgeous Luca, bursts in and rescues her. Evaine is instantly attracted to Luca, but he’s so hell-bent on stopping the experiments, he has no time for the feelings she’s awakening within him.

Safely back at Haven House, Evaine is introduced to The Family and learns that the drug trials have made her a Deader, a reanimated Undead. Evaine and Luca find themselves getting close, until Evaine remembers not only who she is, but that she’s engaged. And her fiancé, Tristan, is probably still looking for her. Torn between her first love and her new heart’s desire, Evaine has some hard choices to make.

But when a rogue faction of Deaders, called Feeders, attempt to kidnap her, Luca suspects Evaine might be the key to the experiments, and everyone must band together to keep Evaine off the cutting table…

The trailer for it is on my home page if you want to see it :)

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Next we have my amazing friend Dena’s book!

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Emerald Isle Enchantment Box Set

Includes works from: Katalina Leon, Dena Garson, Rebecca Royce, J.L. LaRose,

Rea Thomas, Louisa Masters, & Virginia Cavanaugh

Paranormal romance

An Irish castle, griffin-shifters, vampires and ghosts that go hump in the night.

Seven steamy paranormal romance stories with a magical Celtic twist.

Tullamore Castle Ireland is an enchanted place where the adventurous can expect the unexpected. Phantom lovers materialize in haunted beds, werewolves lurk in the woods, a vampire falls in love with a jewel thief, seductive Djinn appear the bedchambers, an enchanted lift carries lovers away, and a lonely griffin patrols the castle ramparts hoping to reclaim its long lost mate. And that’s just the beginning of Emerald Isle Enchantment, steamy paranormal romance with a magical Celtic twist.

  • Katalina Leon – Lord Griffin’s Prize. A loyal griffin’s love is forever, but Ronan has only has one day to win back his long lost lover.
  • Dena Garson – Ghostly Persuasion. True love is a special kind of magic. But is it strong enough to break a three hundred year old curse?
  • Rebecca Royce – Crimson Lust. Stealing a ruby made him a vampire. Now she’ll steal his heart.
  • Rea Thomas – Desire and the Djinn. This Djinn can make all of Ciara’s sexiest desires come true.
  • L. LaRose – Phantom Mischief. Should a girl scream and run for her life when pinned to the bed by a ghost performing the best sex ever? Not a chance.
  • Louisa Masters – An Irish Flirtation. A last-minute change of venue has wedding planner Jillian on edge. Can the magic of Castle Tullamore and sexy Fin tempt her to throw away a lifetime of professionalism?
  • Virginia Cavanaugh – Tell Me Your Secrets. Jesenia came to castle Tullamore hoping to find her muse, instead she was chased by a wolf right into the arms of sexy, mysterious Dorian.

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And Finally my friend Amy’s Book!

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Colt Henderson is a man who lives for the moment. His past has taught him that life is unpredictable and often disappointing. A confirmed bachelor, he believes that love only exists in fairy tales.

She’s lost, scared, and can’t remember a thing about her past or her identity. She senses all is not as it should be, but without her memory, how does she know what to fear and what to trust? Because of her status as a Jane Doe, she names herself Jane and works to put her life back together. In the process she learns that she possesses unique abilities that certain people will kill for.

Fate throws Colt and Jane together, but they both have a lot to learn about forgiveness and acceptance. Colt’s determination and Jane’s remarkable gifts will send them on a journey they never expected. To survive they will need each other, but sometimes facts are scarier than fiction, and the truth is better left unknown.

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Thank you for being with me today! Come back next week for the last of my countdown!! 

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21 Day Countdown to Halloween – Best Zombie Movies!

Okay! There have been a TON of zombie movies over the years. Some good, some bad, some terrible! I can say that there has only ever been one zombie movie that I totally loved. Zombieland.

Zombieland was hilarious and fun and made me want twinkies for the first time in thirty years. The characters, actors, plot and graphics were all great. The cameo of Bill Murray was great. I heard a rumor that they might make another one. I hope they fo and that when they do it’s just as great as the first because I really loved it.

I really liked 28 days. I thought that was a great zombie movie too. It was at the forefront of zombie movies. It’s gritty, dirty, and pretty much how I see it going when zombies show up! The way is was shot was uniquely and the violence and dehumanizing of people is pretty much how I see society disintegrating when the time comes. It was scary how real it was.

I also really liked Shawn of the Dead. It was quite hilarious. And I think one of the stupidest, silliest, cult classic zombie movies of all times. I watched it once by myself and laughed so hard that I turned around and showed it to my husband– he wasn’t as impressed.

I am Legend. A movie that deserves an honorable mention. It was decent. Not great, like a bunch of other zombie movies, but it was worth watching.

Warm Bodies…I know people loved this one, but I was not too much of a fan.  I went with it, thought it was funny, until…the end. I know, I know, love conquers all. But let’s be real. Give me a reason. A good scientific reason why he all of a sudden is human again. I didn’t buy it. I just didn’t. I bought everything up until the part where he turned pink.  But I loved his side kick! He was hilarious!

Land of the Dead was pretty good. It helped give me an idea for a book. It has Simon Baker in it, which is cool and in the end the zombies evolve, which was a great twist.

Resident Evil. What a franchise! I think I have seen the first one a dozen times! I love Alice and hope that when the zombie apocalypse finally happens, I am Alice. I will probably not be. I’ll probably be more like Jessie Eisenberg from Zombieland.

Lastly, a great, fun and totally awesome Zombie movie is Corpse Bride. LOVE it! Tim Burton does it again with that one. From the crazy out of proportion parents, who epitomize the reigning society, to the eyeball losing, worm infested corpse bride, it sure was fun. I loved the twist in the end as well. I thought that was great. And the collection of voices for the movie, including, Tracy Ullman ( Who I love) Albert Finney and Christopher Lee, are a real treat. We don’t get to hear from them enough! So, watch Corpse Bride! Because it is an awesome zombie movie and fun for the whole family.

Rebekah R. Ganiere – Books with a Bite

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21 Day Countdown to Halloween – Best Kids Halloween Movies!

 

So my next entry for favorite Halloween movies, I am going to do my favorite kids movies. I have already mentioned a few of my favorites. Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus are two of the best.  But there are a few others I would like to mention.

Disney’s Adventure of Icabod Crane. Love it and it still totally scares me. The headless horseman is and jack-o-lantern have freaked me out since I was little. Yes, I know it’s a cartoon, but it still scares me. I have never seen cattails and other natural sounds be made so eerie as well. And Disney does a seriously good job of making scary things scary. But this one has enough fun for kids to enjoy.

I also really like Scary Godmother. Though I don’t care for the illustrations, the story is fun and the godmother is great. I love Godmother as well as the vampires. And I find the werewolf super weird but Oogie is cute and funny and I love the fact that he hates that kids are scared of him. It’s not a popular movie or book but it’s worth a watch. It was a hidden treasure we found when i got the graphic novels for my daughter to read.

Monster House was a great original story that also sufficiently freaked me out. SPOILER – A woman’s soul trapped in her house, she hates kids and tries to kill them if they get too close. There isn’t much scarier than that. It’s the first time I’ve seen an actual house embody the spirit of someone who has died and they can control the whole thing. The kids that inevitably end up inside the house were great and Steve Buscemi always does a great voice.

And no Halloween is complete till my kids watch Beetlejuice. One of the greatest ghosty movies of its time and a whole lot of Tim Burton fun! Beetlejuice has one of my favorites, Geena Davis. As well as Michael Keaton who was wonderful as Beetlejuice. I even enjoyed Winona Ryder. They have talked about doing another one. I am not sure how I feel about that. I don’t know if they’ll be able to recapture that lightning in a bottle they got last time with this one.

Sadly, Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin is not on this list because I never cared for Charlie Brown, but if your kids are young and require something more mellow, that is a good way to go. So is the awesome Disney DVD, House of Villains, which sports a collection of old Halloween Disney stories.

My newest favorite kids movie is Goosebumps with Jack Black. I think I’ve watched that movie a dozen times in the last year. It was great. Funny, creepy and based on all of R. L. Stine’s books, it inspired my kids to want to read his books. It was really well done and I thought the acting was spot on. I was super impressed. It is a new family classic for us. If you haven’t seen it, you need to. But watch out for Slappy the Dummy, he is sufficiently creepy! I am not a dummy person.

Rebekah R. Ganiere – Books with a Bite

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